Ipsiphobic? Not quite.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 22 01:31:35 UTC 2002

At 9:05 PM -0400 4/21/02, Duane Campbell wrote:
>I need a word, and I'm not above inventing one. I'm writing a piece about
>protest movements where participants often seem to reject their own
>culture, religion, class, etc., and embrace anything "diverse." Example -
>at yesterday's pro-Palestinian rally white, middle-class Americans
>readily accepted a high level of religious cant in speeches from Muslims
>but would probably be turned off if someone representing their parents'
>religion were to do the same thing.
>Xenophobic is having negative reactions to people who are different. What
>would be the opposite, rejection to one's own culture? Ipsiphobic is a
>the closest I can come, but that would be rejection of one's self, not of
>one's native culture.
>Classicists -- please give me a prefix.
Well, "homophobic" is already taken...


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